David Kimber Mills

MILLS, DAVID KIMBER, 85, passed away on January 5, 2013.

He was born on August 7, 1927 in Decatur, IL, the son of Walker Hill and Rebecca McCredie Mills. Following the untimely death of his mother in 1944, his father married Irene Schmidt Mills in 1956. Irene lived to age 95 and remained close to his family until her death in 2002.

David graduated from Decatur High School in 1945 and from the University of Illinois in 1949 where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. Following graduation from the University, he joined General Electric Company in 1949. He worked for GE for more than 38 years, first graduating from the Business Training Course followed by service on the Corporate Audit Staff. He transferred to the Louisville Major Appliance Group in 1956, serving as financial manager of several businesses/functions until his retirement in 1987.

Following the dissolution of his first marriage in 1958, David lived alone for three years with his four children. On December 27, 1961 he married Betty Jane (Lambert) Terry, the widow of Dr. E. Alden, (Joe) Terry, creating a family with eight children. He and Betty Jane were pleased to have celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary recently.

David was a member of the GE Elfun Society and served as treasurer and later chairman from 1962-1964. He was on the board of Camp Piomingo for six years, serving as chairman from 1968-1970. He also served on the Board of the Louisville Red Cross Chapter from 1982 to 1988 and on the board of the Red Cross Blood Services Board from 1990 through 2002. David also served as a board member of Presbyterian Homes and Services of Kentucky for 14 years and remained active with the organization until his death. David belonged to Highland Presbyterian Church and served as deacon, elder and finance committee chair for more than 30 years. He also served as board member and treasurer of Asia Institute Inc. (Crane House) from 1988-2001.

David was preceded in death by his two sisters, Cynthia Cote and Nancy Riley, and by a granddaughter, Jennifer Lynn Terry.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Jane and eight children as follows, David Terry (Jan), Jonathan Terry (Mary Anne), Judith Terry Stilwell (Gene), Michael Terry (Betsy), Barbara Mills Larrain (Barry), James Mills (Cathy), Richard Mills (Kathy) and Carolyn Mills Medley (Joe). He is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Highland Presbyterian Church on January 12, 2013 at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow. The body will be cremated.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Highland Presbyterian Church for the Pleune-Mobley Center or to a charitable organization of the donor's choice.

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Published in The Courier-Journal from Jan. 8 to Jan. 10, 2013